All good things must come to an end
- Geoffrey Chaucer, "Troilus and Criseyde", circa 1385
Time has proven repeatedly that Chaucer was right. And, for this blog, the time has come to wrap it up and call it done.
When I decided to rejoin Oracle, I was well-aware of the risk that I might have to dial back or close down my professional presence on social media. Oracle makes great effort to shape their messages, especially product-related messages, through all available channels...including social media. And, for the most part, Oracle products are exactly what I've explored with my own social media accounts.
Over the eight months since I've rejoined Oracle, there have been times when the things I write here and on Twitter have "crossed wires" with Oracle's own messaging. And it's now reached a point where it could distract from what we aiming to achieve as a team. And we're talking about information related to Oracle's products and services. Simply stated, as a member of the Oracle team, I adhere to the concept that Oracle has a right to control the messaging about Oracle's products and Oracle's services.
One more thing I'd like to clarify here in this last post: there is nothing draconian working in the background here. Nobody at Oracle has threatened my standing within the company if I fail to dial things back. No slap on the wrist or anything like that. Quite the opposite: I'm a member of a team attempting to accomplish significant things, and my commentary on Oracle-related products and services is heading towards becoming a distraction...possibly even a detriment...to that effort. So don't go there. This is my decision and mine alone.
Now don't get the idea that I'm done blogging. I still have some serious passion for user experience, business metrics, SaaS and smart approaches to software design & development. So it's highly likely that you'll see me start something up on one or more of those subject. It just won't have an Oracle-related context. So I'm not done. I'm just done with this.
So this is it for ORCLville. This is also it for Oracle-related commentary on my Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. It's been both an educational and a fun ride for me. Hope y'all got something out of it too. Keep an eye out on my Twitter account (fetter) - you'll see new things from me in the near future.
UPDATE: Be sure to check out my new, technology-agnostic blog The Enterprise Software Puzzle!